Genre Guesstimation – Appaloosa (2008)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Kira of Film and TV 101 and it is Western Crossover Movies.

Literally any film from any genre with western elements to it; comedy/drama/musical or even thrillers or horror.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of October by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Kira!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Crossover Western Movies.

“[to the town horrified town leaders as he calmly reloads his pistol after he and Everett have just shot some of Bragg’s henchmen in the bar] I warned ’em. ” – Virgil

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Oct 2017)

Brief Synopsis –  Two men show up in a town run by a devious rancher trying to clean up the town.

My Take on it – I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.

This film was Kira’s choice for me to watch.

This is a movie that I had never heard of beforehand despite always being a fan of all four of the lead actors.

Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen have great chemistry together and it’s easy to understand how their characters could manage to work so well along side one another just by watching their performances.

The fact that these men have learned to trust one another explicitly is why their actions flow so well together.

When that trust is questioned we get to see the story moved up even another notch.

Jeremy Irons and Renee Zellweger also give us two fine performances and when watching all four of their characters and their actions, they all seem quite realistic in all that they do.

The idea to show a story about Marshall-for-hire is a compelling one an they do this quite competently here.

The story itself works here and despite a few scenes which drag on too much, they do a nice job of telling this story.

Even though, there are a few scenes that drag, they constantly manage to get back on track and even give us a very satisfying conclusion to this whole storyline.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise that works most of the time but does hit a few snags along the way. The idea of marshals for hire is presented very convincingly and I loved the way that they show what makes these men works so confidently together; their absolute trust in one another.  When that is questioned, then things get even more interesting.  The cast is quite good and all four of the leads give us realistic portrayals of their type of character. This films drags a bit too much along the way, but finds its path towards the end and gives us a very satisfying finale. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Ed Harris reloads his Peacemaker (Colt Model 1873 Single-Action Army Revolver), he realistically uses the pistol’s ejector rod to push spent cases out of the cylinder. Since few actors in Hollywood actually know how to use the weapons they fire in movies, most don’t know what the ejector rod is, and are seen in various westerns reloading SAAs by opening the loading gate and shaking the spent case out. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Close. The film unfortunately drags a bit too much on certain scenes which could have been remedied by better editing.  The premise is quite a good one though.

Rating – Globe Worthy


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